Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Mccosky

Sarah Davis, Sports Center

Q: What Subject(s) do you teach?

A: I currently teach Physics, but I have previously taught Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry, Environmental Systems, and AP Environmental Science

Q: What made you want to teach that subject?

A:  I love science and engineering, and I want to try to instill a love of science into others.  Science can be challenging for many students, but I want them to see that science explains those “how” and “why” questions we have asked ourselves since kindergarten.  I want my students to stay curious and never stop questioning “how” and “why”.  I hope that I can help my students stay curious, not be afraid to experiment and learn from the data obtained, and learn that challenge and pushing oneself in new directions leads to growth.

Q: What made you decide to become a teacher?

A: I have been interested in teaching since I was a young girl.  I excelled in math and science in high school and was encouraged to “try” engineering when I went to college.  I really enjoyed designing and figuring things out as an engineering student and engineer in industry, and during this time, I had the opportunity to mentor middle school students.  I remember struggling sometimes as a student in high school and was blessed with patient, encouraging Pre-calculus, biology, and French teachers.  During my mentoring time, I once again began to think about teaching and sharing my interest in science with students by pursuing my science teaching certification.  I wanted to help students who struggle with science to also know that they can be successful through determination and hard work

Q: What is your favorite part of working with high school students?

A:  I enjoy helping my students and seeing “the light bulb go off” when the grasp a concept.  This is my most favorite part, and it drives me to find new ways to explain things.

Q: How long have you been a teacher?

A: This is my 5th year teaching high school science

Q: What is something your students might not know about you?

A:  Several of my students now know that I speak French and love France, but my students probably don’t know that I am a first-generation college graduate.  I was the first member of my family to earn a college degree, and I paid for my education through summer employment and through working part-time jobs all through college.  It was difficult, but in the end, I feel I really appreciate my education much more through these challenges.

Mrs. McCosky